We have partnered with inventor Dean Kamen and his FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) after school program to encourage and celebrate the engineering and technology prowess of K-12 kids. i.am Steam includes participation in regional FIRST activities and producing “i.am FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll”, a back to school TV special that aired in primetime on ABC Network in August, 2011.
“I’m proud to help FIRST inspire young people to pursue science and technology careers... The experience that students gain and the values they learn in FIRST programs are crucial to creating the innovative problem solvers of tomorrow.” — will.i.am
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.